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On Friday, November 10th, the McKinley Elementary fifth grade class took a day to learn about local history and artists, including John Bloom and Grant Wood. They will incorporate art styles from both of these famous artists into a large canvas mural that will be hung in the school auditorium. On the trip, the fifth graders viewed the student-created mural at Lincoln Elementary, toured the Isabel Bloom production site, and went to Bucktown Center for the Arts to meet artists Pat Bereskin and Brad Bisby, who will work with the students on the mural. Students returned to school for lunch and recess, and then then they went on a walking tour of the East Village to learn about its history and sketch places to use when the mural is created in April and May.
Central High’s robotics team, the Outlaws, with members Rachel Eckert, Madisen Ford, Nick Vazquez, Logan Van Italie, Zeke Wynsma, Fares Habboub, Eunesheah Sanders, and Kane MacDonald, placed third at their first competition at Pleasant Valley. They designed a simple robot that pressed the button on a beacon to light up their alliance color. In addition, for the first half of the competition, the Outlaws were the only team in attendance with a robot autonomously programmed to drive, knock a ball off of a location, and park in a designated spot. During the afternoon session, the team presented their robot, named Judy Davis, as well as the outreach projects they have led so far this year. While no formal awards were given for the presentations, the judges told the team that they were the best of the day.
North High held its induction ceremony for the Wildcat Chapter of the National Honor Society, welcoming 26 new members to the chapter. Destiny Ellingsworth, chapter president, along with the other officers led the program. Mrs. Laura McCreery, science teacher, was the guest speaker, and Mr. Jay Chelf, principal, welcomed the candidates to the chapter. The Wildcat Chapter is currently working on raising money for Brittany’s Gifts and planning several other service projects.
Mid City High submitted a piece to the Festival of Trees. Titled “Every piece has a place at Mid City,” the tree will be displayed in the foyer outside of Hotel Blackhawk throughout the festival, which runs from Saturday, November 19th through Sunday, November 27th.
Four students from Davenport, including West High students, Kameron Houston and Amber Sheridan, participated in the National Student Leadership Academy in Washington, D.C., the weekend of November 12th and 13th. Kameron delivered the keynote speech at the dignitary luncheon (pictured) and received recognition afterwards. The students were also able to sight-see and visit with Senator David Young.
Eight dedicated Central High School powerlifters competed in the Second Annual Falcon Friends Bench Press Championship on November 5th at West High. Led by Coach Hans Kruger, the Central Team showed the results of their hard work in the weight room by taking three first place trophies and both male and female best lifter awards.
Congratulations to the West High Co-Ed Cheerleading Squad for placing second in the co-ed division on Saturday, November 5th, at the State competition in Des Moines. West is a perennial cheerleading powerhouse at State, winning several coed cheer titles in the last decade.
Mid City High held a College and Career Fair on Thursday, November 3rd, hosting over 30 different colleges, certification programs, community work programs, military branches, and the police/fire/parks and recreation department. Dr. Klipsch received several complements on the students’ professionalism at the fair.